'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

This Day in Pop Culture for October 10

Jodi Benson was born on October 10, 1961.

A Little Mermaid is Born

Jodi Marie Marzorati was born on this day in 1961 in Rockford, Illionois. In 1984 she married actor/singer Ray Benson and became Jodi Benson. Jodi made her Broadway debut in the 1983 Kenny Ortega-directed Marilyn: An American Fable. She has also appeared on stage in Crazy For You in 1992 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1998. An earlier musical that she starred in was Smile which Howard Ashman served as the lyricist. The two worked together again in Disney’s The Little Mermaid which sealed her fate of voice the mermaid ever since. In 2007, Jodi appeared alive and in person in Enchanted. Jodi has done numerous voice acting roles, mainly for Disney, including Barbie in Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Toy Story 4 (2019) and again as Ariel in the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).

"Superman" actor Christopher Reeve died on October 10, 2014.

October 10, 2004

It was a sad day in 2004 when news broke that actor Christopher Reeve died from heart failure. He was only 52. Known for playing the role of Superman in four movies, Reeves had made other headlines for becoming paralyzed from the neck down due to a horseback riding accident in 1995. He jumped from a fictional hero to a real one as he became an advocate for spinal cord injury patients. In 1996, he gave a speech during the Academy Awards presentation urging Hollywood to create more movies about social issues. Then in 1997, he directed his first movie, In the Gloaming, from his wheelchair for HBO and starred in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window in 1999, which also shared part of his own personal story.

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